Mozilla Hints At Imminent Firefox 4 Release

A Mozilla executive has hinted that Firefox 4 may be released in the next few weeks.

In a post on the developer's mailing list, Damon Sicore, the company's senior director for platform engineering, encouraged developers to work towards fixing many of the bugs found in the browser so that it could be released as quickly as possible.

"Team, we've worked tremendously hard on Firefox 4, and it's time to ship it," he wrote. "I'm seeing the same burst of excitement and activity that we've seen in the endgame of every release. We must press hard now."

Sicore said that the browser currently has around 160 bugs, but that the number would have to be brought down to 100 for the launch of the browser.

"We have to reach Release Candidate status as quickly as possible, ideally finishing the hard blockers by the beginning of February and shipping final before the end of February," he added.

Sicore also noted that a further beta release was due before Firefox 4 arrives.

Firefox has been going from strength to strength, having recently been named as the used browser in Europe for 2010, displacing long-running leader Internet Explorer.